It seems like teens these days are incredibly desensitized to so many things in their world. They see violence on TV, celebrity scandals and judgement rule their pop culture world. Sarcasm is an excuse to make mean comments humorous, and blame is very easily tossed to others instead of oneself.
We live in a world where no one wants to get involved in another person’s drama. We say “It’s none of my business!” or “I don’t want to be pulled into the drama!” It seems like teens might be missing something in their day to day interactions with others. Especially when no one is looking.
I was inspired by the show “What Would You Do”, which first aired in February 2008. Using hidden cameras, What Would You Do? establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process.
What an awesome way to get your teens talking!
Make it a Youth Night
Go around the room and present random scenarios. Encourage your teens to respond truthfully. You can gear specific scenarios to specific teens or groups that would possibly find themselves in that actual scenario. You can certainly make up your own based on your own teens in addition to using the ones below.
- Your friends came over to your house for a movie night. One of your friends brought another friend so there are more people than you planned for. You want to pass out the drinks but you only have five cans of soda and you need six for everyone to have their own. What would you do?
- There is a guy in your class who is always mean to you. He always bumps you when he walks by and he calls you names. He knocks stuff out of your hands and makes you feel stupid. You don’t think you can take it anymore. What do you do?
- If you saw your best friend’s boyfriend kissing another girl, would you tell her?
- If you found a wallet with $1500. cash in it, would you try to return it?
- If you saw some young kids bullying another kid, would you step in? If they were older kids would it change your answer?
- If the guy at the corner store gives you $10 more change than you were owed, do you tell him?
- If someone in this group posts something online (facebook, twitter, etc.) that really offends you, would you say anything in the group publicly? Would you send them a personal message? Would you do nothing since it was a group?
What Would You Do Show Clip
In this clip, a veteran can’t pay for all his groceries. Watch how a bystander in line responds. Show your teens and ask what they would do?
The takeaway for your teens should not be to act as though there were always hidden cameras. Rather, act as Christ would. Give a stranger their coat, turn the other cheek. Step up for the little guy. Encourage them to be honest. Their answers might surprise you.